EEOC examines hiring barriers created by criminal background checks

Experts say employers refusing to hire people even years after their sentences have been served


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently held a meeting to discuss potential hiring barriers created criminal background checks.

According to a statement posted on the EEOC’s website, experts at the meeting told the agency that many employers are refusing to hire people with arrest and conviction records even years after they have served their sentences.

"The EEOC issued its first written policy guidance regarding the use of arrest and conviction records in employment in the 1980s and held a meeting on the subject in 2008," said EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien. "Today, we had the opportunity to add to our knowledge of this issue and learn about the practical ways employers have been able to balance business concerns with the need to ensure that employment practices are fair and non-discriminatory."

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